Looking Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities for Private Equity in the Middle Market

The excitement around private equity dealmaking is expected to continue at a rapid pace through 2022, even as private equity funds across the globe are keeping an eye on high valuations and challenging macroeconomic pressures. While managers remain bullish on the outlook, they are also aware that the current market is not free from risk and this only demonstrates the need for strong value creation plans, sector expertise and the ability to source deals.

Wage inflation, supply chain issues, competition for talent, geo-political risk and stiff competition from strategic buyers are all impacting the way middle market private equity firms are approaching their dealmaking.

How are private equity investors distinguishing themselves in a competitive deal market? What should a company or founder expect if it takes private equity investment? How are private equity investors changing their investment criteria in a shifting macroeconomic landscape? What is unique about middle market private equity M&A in today’s market? What are the updates in fundraising and limited partner dynamics?

On June 8th, The Deal and global law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP hosted a roundtable of leading private equity investors on key, developing topics in private equity, M&A and investments.

Panel Includes:

  • MODERATOR: Brian F. McKenna, Partner, Pillsbury
  • Maneesh Chawla, Senior Partner, Comvest
  • Christina Morin, Managing Principal, Investor Relations, Graham Partners
  • Jarrod D. Murphy, Partner, Pillsbury
  • Roumi Zlaveta, Principal, Lovell Minnick Partners